Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Trio of LGBTQ Artists at SummerWorks 25

Toronto's SummerWorks Performance Festival is celebrating 25 years! In this short preview, Gay Theatre Toronto celebrates three of Toronto's uniquely talented LGBTQ theatre artists.


Who?

Jenna Harris is a producer/playwright/performer whose work appeared at the Next Stage Theatre Festival earlier this year. That play, entitled Mine, was a sensual and lyrical tale of two women as they fall in and out of love. (Search this blog for our interview with Jenna from earlier this year.)

What?

Jenna’s company, Discord And Din Theatre, is making their SummerWorks debut with This Is Where We Live by Canadian/Australian playwright Vivienne Walshe. Harris also appears as Chloe in the play, in which a teenage boy and girl find themselves as outcasts among their peers, attempting to find solace in one another.

Who?
Ryan G. Hinds spent last season at Buddies In Bad Times as their Cabaret Artist In Residence. He recently completed a successful run of his funny and touching cabaret show, Starry Notions, at the Toronto Fringe Festival. (Search this blog for our review of Ryan’s show at Toronto Fringe.)

What?
MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet is a “fabulous theatrical ballet/jazz/modern dance fantasia on love and heartbreak set to the pounding music of Donna Summer”. Created by Hinds, this piece started its life as part of this year’s Rhubarb Festival and appears at SummerWorks in an expanded format.

Who?
Some of you may remember Katie Sly’s impressive performance in a solo piece at Toronto’s annual Gay Play Day LGBTQ theatre festival a few years back. Currently, Katie runs Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret, an ongoing performance event.

What?
Billed by SummerWorks as “Live Art”, Charisma Furs is a solo performance about Sly’s difficult relationship with love, both of herself and others. Co-created with Jonathan Seinen, this intimate solo piece includes nudity, adult subject matter and origami!
Info and tickets for all SummerWorks shows can be found at summerworks.ca
 

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